Friday, March 24, 2017

Architecture Students Help Design New “Central Park” for Toronto

A group of Carleton students are working on what could, according to City of Toronto Councillor Joe Cressy, become the “Central Park of Toronto”.

A total of 15 graduate students from the Master of Architecture (MArch) program are currently working with the design firm DIALOG in their Toronto studio on this exciting project.

The students and DIALOG will be “exploring concepts for the Rail Deck Park” which is an urban park being considered by the City of Toronto.

Meaghan Wilson-Dialog internMeaghan Wilson is one of the 15 students working with DIALOG this semester. Wilson decided to pursue the MArch program after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

As someone who is driven by her curiosities and creativity, Wilson said that she “stumbled” into architecture.

“I saw the MArch program as leading towards a profession where experimentation is expected, and curiosity is celebrated,” said Wilson.

However, for Wilson, architecture is more than just a job.

“It presents the promise of a most rewarding profession, combined with the gift of spending a lifetime embracing a craft… my craft,” she said.

Wilson’s lists her current studio experience with DIALOG as one of the highlights of the program so far, as well as a directed studies experience in Barcelona.

Even though Wilson’s studies have had a global scale, one of her favourite parts of the program remains studio life at Carleton.

“As a Vancouver native, I don’t have family in Ottawa, but because studio life is so comprehensive; I’ve acquired a new architecture family,” said Wilson.

“The DIALOG studio experience is about real studio life within the professional world of downtown Toronto.  Although I am only one week into the studio, it’s apparent that DIALOG has fueled both my excitement and desire for the profession,” said Wilson.

The six-week intensive studio experience has given Wilson her first opportunity to work within the professional studio environment.

“DIALOG is teaching me what it’s like to design in the real world and I’m incredibly excited,” said Wilson.

Nourhan ZakyNourhan Zaky is an MArch student who took a more conventional path to the program. Zaky completed her Bachelor degree in Architectural Studies and described the decision to jump to the MArch program as a “no brainer”.

For Zaky, DIALOG is providing her with the experience of working in a team environment on projects.

“Being immersed in their firm and the professional environment is incredibly motivating,” said Zaky. “Just observing the way they tackle issues and arrive at a common ground is exciting.”

Zaky has no doubt that the next few weeks with DIALOG will help her with her program and career goals.

Zaky and the rest of the students hope to help shape the city of Toronto in their collaboration with DIALOG.

The MArch class keeps a blog which can be found at:

To read more about the park project that the students are working on, please click here.

–Written by Mitch Jackson

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